for ongoing, complete Calendar of Moravian music events, click here.
July 23 – 29, 2017
In the historic Moravian settlement of Salem, in Winston-Salem, NC.
Facilities and Venues: Home Moravian Church, Salem College, Winston-Salem State University, and others.
Unity Brass Festival
July, 2018 INFO PAGE
The 3rd Moravian Unity Brass Festival will be in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA in July, 2018
The format will be a long weekend, starting Thursday, with optional Monday activities, tours, and events, specially designed for out of town visitors.
Moravian Music 101 LIVE on YouTube
Lecture by the Rev. Nola R. Knouse Ph.D.
THEME: “Moravian Music, past and present, is grounded and rooted, grows and bears fruit within and for the worship of the Saviour.”
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 2:00 – 3:30pm Archie K. Davis Center, Winston-Salem, NC
This lecture was recorded LIVE and is available at the MMF YouTube channel.
♦ A Loving Home’s A Happy Home: 19th-Century Moravian Parlor Music
by Lisetta and Amelia Van Vleck, Carl Van Vleck & Francis F. Hagen
Order Online Now for $32
Issued by New World Records, this is a two-CD set, (Disc 1 has 15 tracks, Disc 2 has 16) with a variety of vocal and piano music by Salem, NC composers. It will transport you to another time, as though you’re listening to an evening recital in the parlor of your friend’s home.
From the liner notes: Perhaps the most colorful and engaging women in Moravian musical history are the three Van Vleck sisters of the nineteenth century. Born into a family of musical Moravian ministers spanning several generations, these three women all inherited – and made use of – the musical gifts of their ancestors.
Barbara Lister-Sink, solo piano
Hannah Rose Carter, soprano; Mary Siebert, alto; Glenn Siebert, tenor; Jason McKinney, bass-baritone; Susan Keck Foster, piano accompaniment.
Gwyn Michel served as producer for all the recordings and Frank Martin as recording engineer. This CD is not only entertaining and wonderful to hear, but serves an important purpose in the mission of MMF. Music of women composers of this caliber will help put MMF “on the map” in American studies and women’s studies, and will likely create demand for published music of these fine and unique composers.
♦♦ Moravian Star Anthem Series is growing!
See our Catalog or call 336-725-0651 for more information about how to order anthems in our new series. Those with red covers are newly-written works by living Moravian composers; those with blue covers are editions from the archival collections. Some are new editions of our old favorites that had gone out of print, and some are the first time these anthems have been published!
The latest edition in the Moravian Star Anthem Series is now available.
He Wipes Away Our Tears (Er wischt die Thraenlein ab) by J. C. Bechler (1784-1857) MMFS1402 $1.95 ea.
The text is by Christian Gregor (1723-1801). Appropriate for General use.
Bechler served the Moravian congregations in Philadelphia, Staten Island, Lititz, and Salem. In 1836, he served in Sarepta, Russia, before returning to Herrnhut in 1849, until his death.
He Wipes Away Our Tears contains both English and German, and is in C Major and the highest soprano note is G5 (g”); a lower key organ part is available. It is written in 3/4 time for SATB choir with keyboard accompaniment; instrumental parts for 2 flutes and/or strings are available and optional.
This Bechler anthem was edited by Nola Reed Knouse from manuscript copies in the Nazareth Congregation collection.
The music is different from the familiar F. F. Hagen (1815-1907) Morning Star, O Cheering Sight, first sung in 1836 in Salem, NC; it is, indeed, built upon the same text by Johannes Scheffler (1657). Appropriate for Christmas.
The music for Morning Star, in Darkest Night (Morgenstern auf finstre nacht) was written by one of Hagen’s European contemporaries, Georg Friedrich von Hellström (1825-1912). Hellström served the Moravian congregation in Christiansfeld, Denmark for 42 years. His later service included work at Gnadenberg (1894), Kleinwelda (1895), and Neudietendorf (1898), where he remained until his death.
Morning Star, in Darkest Night contains the 1st, 3rd, and 6th stanzas by Scheffler, offered in both English and German, and concludes with a four-fold “Amen.” It is in Eb Major and the highest soprano note is G5 (g”); a lower key organ part is available. It is written in 3/4 time for SATB choir with keyboard accompaniment; instrumental parts are available and optional.
The Hellström anthem was edited by Gwyneth Michel and Nola Reed Knouse from manuscript copies provided by Nazareth Moravian Church, Nazareth, PA.
In recognition of the work of the Moravian Music Foundation, Jeanne and David Serfas provided the funding for this publication.
A Moravian Music Weekend
March 10, 11, 12, 2017
Higgins Lodge, Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference & Retreat Center
Lewis Phillips (Director of Music/Pastoral Assistant of Fairview Moravian Church) – Choral Music Leader
Donna Rothrock (Director of Moravian Bands at Trinity and Clemmons Moravian churches, Founder and Director of the Salem Trombone Choir) – Band Music Leader
Moravian Music Weekends were created to give participants an opportunity to make music together, to worship, to learn, and to enjoy Moravian fellowship.
Presented by Laurel Ridge and the Moravian Music Foundation
For more information and to register, please phone Laurel Ridge at 336-359-2951
Laurel Ridge Toll Free: 888-831-5922
or mail-in the registration form provided on our MMF Website
Lunchtime Lecture Series
at the Archie K. Davis Center in Winston-Salem, NC
A Partnership of the Moravian Archives and Moravian Music Foundation
Lectures are held at 12:15 p.m., on the second Thursday of the month, in the Spaugh Lecture/Recital Hall of the Archie K. Davis Center. You’re welcome to bring your lunch! If the local schools are cancelled or released early because of weather, please, call 725-0651 to see if we’re here – we might be going ahead with the lecture! FREE and open to the public. DIRECTIONS
- September 10, 2015 Updating Records of the Cherokees – Richard W. Starbuck
- October 8, 2015 Francis Florentine Hagen @ 200 – Nola Reed Knouse
- November 12, 2015 A Chamber Music Adventure – Laura Dangerfield Stevens
- December 10, 2015 250th Anniversary of Salem, part 2 – Richard W. Starbuck
- January 14, 2016 Mapping Salem – Richard W. Starbuck
- February 11, 2016 More Fun Finds in the Vault – Nola Reed Knouse
- March 10, 2016 Salem’s 250th in Music – Nola Reed Knouse
- April 14, 2016 So, You’re a Genealogist, Eh? – Richard W. Starbuck
- May 12, 2016 The Moravian Music Foundation at 60 – Nola Reed Knouse
HANDICAPPED ACCESS, elevator access, and anyone who needs to save some steps or shorten their walk.
Once you have parked in the Salem College/A K Davis Ctr/God’s Acre parking lot (see Directions), approach the building on the lowest level (double gate) and press the CALL button. The intercom is active, and someone will come down the elevator to let you in the building, there at the double doors.
Music@Home Concert Series
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 3:00pm
Joint Concert with Salem College and Home Moravian Choirs
Home Moravian Church, 529 S. Church St., Winston-Salem
Director: Drake Flynt Accompanist: Ray Ebert
Free (donations appreciated)
Director of Music at King Moravian Church, Drake also conducts the Great Sabbath Service of Music and Moramus Chorale. He is president of Second Nature Gardens, Ltd.
Assistant Professor of Music – Salem College: Director of Choral Activities and professor of music theory, conducts the Salem Chamber Choir, Chorale, and SuperTonics. She came to Salem College following positions at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Brewton Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Georgia.
Voice Faculty – UNC School of the Arts: Tenor Glenn Siebert has appeared with many of the world’s most acclaimed symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Boston Pops, American Symphony and many others. Glenn is Director of Music at Home Moravian Church.
CONTACT: 457 South Church Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 Telephone: (336) 725-0651
Rehearsals: Fourth Tuesday of the month 7:00 – 9:00pm. Fries Memorial Moravian Church, 251 Hawthorne Rd N, Winston-Salem, NC Committee: President, Carol Southerland
UNITAS CHORALE Concert Performance
Gems from the Archives of Bethlehem and Herrnhut
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4:00pm
Palmer Moravian Church, Easton, PA
Free (donations appreciated)
Director: Gwyneth A. Michel Accompanist: Donna K. Ambler
with Guest Conductor, Peter Kubath, Director of Music, the Moravian Church in Herrnhut, Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
Director of MMF is Consecrated a Presbyter in the Moravian Church
The Rev. Nola Reed Knouse, Ph.D. was consecrated a Presbyter in the Moravian Church, by the Rt. Rev. Wayne Burkette, on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3:00pm at Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC.
2014 James V. Salzwedel Award Recipients
Friedland Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC
Raymond Ebert, organist, served Centenary Un. Methodist Church for over 40 years. Raymond is accompanist/organist for the Moramus Chorale, Salemtowne Singers, and serves many with his gifts. He has recitaled extensively, including on the restored 1800 Tannenberg Organ in Salem.
Trinity Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC
Sam Fort and Lillian Fort (posthumous) served Trinity band, Trinity choir, and Salem Band and the Salem Easter Band. Sam, with Lillian, was assistant director of the Salem Band and Easter Band from the early 1960s. He assumed the directorship of the Salem Band in 1972 and Easter Band in 1975, retiring from both positions in 1991 and continuing to play in both groups.
Throughout their ministry of music, these Moravians modeled true servanthood, offering their gifts in witness and praise to our Lord Jesus Christ.